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June 27th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Home Sale

The road to buying a home looks a little different for each traveler that sets out on the journey. There is no one-size-fits-all solution or a map leading you from start to finish. However, with the right knowledge and the help of the right realtor, you can enter the market equipped with the tools required to make your big purchase with ease. Part of the preparation process is knowing what types of loans and/or programs you may qualify for. One specialty loan on the market is the VA loan.

What is a VA Loan

The VA loan program was created in 1944 in an effort to help service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not lend money for the loans, rather it backs private lenders such as banks and mortgage companies.

Who Qualifies

  • Veterans (you’ve served 90 consecutive days during wartime or 181 days during peacetime)
  • Active-duty personnel (you’ve served 90 consecutive days during wartime or 181 days during peacetime)
  • Reservists/National Guard members (you have more than 6 years of service)
  • Eligible surviving spouses (for spouses of service members who’ve passed away in the line of duty or as a result of a service-related disability)

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June 26th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Regional Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Scott MacDonald is pleased to welcome luxury real estate expert Fa Karamzadeh to the Corona del Mar office. “Fa has built an excellent reputation and a loyal client base as a result of his no-nonsense approach to real estate,” said MacDonald. “With his focus on ethical business practices and superior market knowledge, he is a valuable asset to our office and our company.”

Karamzadeh is a 16-year veteran of the real estate industry with a proven track record of success in helping his clients. Known for his commitment to provide his buyers and sellers with the resources and guidance they need to make informed decisions, he has participated in more than $425 million of real estate sales.

Far more important to Karamzadeh than passing sales milestones, however, are the relationships that he has formed with his clients. “Relationships are paramount to what I do, so I have always worked to earn my clients’ trust and repeat business. To accomplish that goal I provide my clients with open, honest communications and carefully manage all of the details, to ensure that I can deliver a positive result for their transactions,” explains Karamzadeh.
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June 24th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

SD-Fair

If you live in the San Diego area, especially the communities north of downtown, you likely already know it’s that time of year again; time for the San Diego County Fair (formerly known as the Del Mar Fair).  Although traffic this time of year often becomes the bane of many our existence, the fair has a multitude of events catering to all age groups. This year we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite events and activities. We hope to see you at the Fab Fair this year, it runs June 7th– July 6th.

  1. No fair experience is complete without indulging in food concoctions you’ve never seen or even dared to dream of before. If you only have one day to go to the fair this year, consider choosing July 5th and invest in pants with an elastic waist. For all the pork lovers out there, Bacon Fest is not to be missed. The event features creative dishes from some of the best chefs nationwide.
  2. Looking to fill up on liquids instead of protein? The fair has you covered with not one, but two events. The wine festival takes place on June 14th and offers up unlimited 1 ounce wine samples. Give yourself a week of recovery and head back for the beer festival running June 20-22nd and featuring over 400 beers. Designated drivers are strongly encouraged.
  3. Has the wedding bug hit close to home? Whether you’re the bride-to-be or the maid of honor, this event is calling to you. My Big Fair Wedding Day takes place on June 29th and covers all things wedding related. Industry professionals are there to help you learn how to plan your perfect wedding and see the latest in wedding trends. If you have nuptials in your future, this event is for you.
  4. Although events are a great way to make a day out of the fair and offer a unique experience, don’t miss out on the vendor areas. Shopping at the fair can help you score some unique home décor, gifts and other crafts. Pro tip: bring a set amount of money. 
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June 20th, 2014 at 12:46 am

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage family, today announced it was recognized with a Gold Stevie Award in the Startup of the Year category of the 12th annual American Business Awards presented June 13 in Chicago.

American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The awards drew more than 3,300 nominations in a wide range of categories; 240 executives worldwide participated in the judging. Startup of the Year category judging considered entrants from across U.S. industries.

“We are pleased and honored to accept the Gold Stevie Award in the Startup of the Year category,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices President Stephen Phillips, who attended the ceremonies at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. “Our real estate brokerage network has come a long way in a short period of time.” (more…)

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June 18th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

The Charitable Foundation and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are hosting Endless Summer II, a fashion fundraiser to benefit several local charities. Set for June 26 at the Laguna Design Center, the event will feature a fashion show from the brokerage’s agents and office managers, who will be modeling the summer offerings available from Mi Place, SALT, Hobie, and Petite Bonhomme.

Tickets are on sale for $50 and include food, beverages, live music with a notable DJ, and a unique fashion show with special shopping privileges. Bassman-Blaine is offering a 40 percent discount at their showroom for all guests and is also generously providing an additional donation of 10 percent of the proceeds back to The Charitable Foundation.

The evening’s target is to raise funds and support three worthy organizations. With this aid, the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center will make strides to break the cycle of child abuse in the community. Changing Souls, near and dear to local agent and board member Betty Callaway, will apply the funds to its homeless outreach efforts in Southern California. (more…)

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